If you’re like most people, you know that you “should” write and work on goals. And, if you’re like most people, goals is a dirty word, and you procrastinate on creating them.
One of the reasons that you procrastinate is because it’s unlikely that you’ve learned how to properly create goals and how to work them. When you’re unsure how to do something, it’s really easy to put if off. And, because you’re unsure of them, you may wonder how useful they are. Another reason you procrastinate is because nobody taught you how important they are.
One of my favorite keynote presentations is one I call “Program your Internal GPS to Stop Spinning Your Wheels”. I love to share just how powerful the process of creating goals for yourself is and how working them creates your success.
Maybe, you’re frustrated because you keep having the same goals year after year and still seem to be spinning your wheels. Maybe, you’re overwhelmed by your to-do list and wonder how to get it all done.
Having a clear vision, specific goals and a commitment to yourself are 3 keys that help you get it done.
A clear vision is vital. Getting clear on your vision takes some work. Without vision, though, your life is going to be aimless. Without aim, you are sure to get nowhere fast. Your vision is the destination that you program into your internal GPS–just like entering the address for the house you’re going to.
Specific goals are important because they are the step-by-step instructions to your internal GPS–your RAS (reticular activating system)–which gets you where you want to go. It’s like the GPS in your car giving you step-by-step instructions to get to that house.
Commitment to yourself is what gives you the drive to succeed. It is the fuel in your internal engine that keeps you taking those steps to success. Just like your car needs gas–or diesel, you need energy to keep focusing on your end destination every day no matter what gets in the way.
I love this quote from Brian Tracy’s book, “Goals — How to Get Everything You Want-Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible”. He writes that if he could only spend 5 minutes sharing the most important keys to success, this is what he’d say:
“Write down your goals, make plans to achieve them, and work on your plans every single day.”
Each part of what he states is crucial to your success at achieving those goals you’ve set for yourself.
Keep your mind’s eye constantly focused on what you want to achieve. Create a movie in your mind using the details of your vision and your goals. Then, remember to play that movie in repeat mode in your mind–over and over and over!
Listen to the inner dialog–the conversation you’re constantly having with yourself in your head. Make sure it is also a continuous loop of what you want with details of your vision and goals.
That’s the true power of goal-setting. Your RAS is searching for whatever you are most often thinking about and visioning. When you think about and vision what you want, then the RAS’s only choice is to get it for you.
Use your power wisely and consciously!
Take some time this week to get clear on your vision. Here’s a visioning exercise I give my coaching clients. See what you come up with.
- Sit down with a pen, paper, and a timer.
- Turn off your Blackberry and your computer.
- Use paper and pen or pencil – Brian Tracy insists that the most successful people still do these processes on paper instead of electronically.
- Set your timer for 30 minutes.
- Close your eyes, and relax with a few deep breaths.
- Let your mind wander to what your life will look like at the end of 2014.
- Imagine that you’ve had a magic wand these last 3 years and have found it easy to create everything that you’ve ever wanted.
- Describe what would please you by writing it on paper (yes, paper, leave your computer turned off!).
Check out the book I referenced by Brian Tracy in my Amazon Store: “Goals — How to Get Everything You Want-Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible”